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over torose hotel. it goes on 365 days a year. who is paying for it? it's not the taxpayers. can something be done with it? thank you. >> thank you sir. any further general public comment? one more. >> as many -- >> hi. i'm sixth street small business owner and i think you guys have noticed over the last six years there are a lot of new businesses on the street. there is probably between five and eight businesses there in the last five years and i want you to let you know we're working hard to bring respectability to the area. i know my business is bringing large crowds for lunch everyday and we're working hard and it's a challenging environment to work in. we need help. we need the support of the police department. there is only so much we can do. god
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knows it's hard to run a business in general in the city let alone to do it on sixth street. we are going the extra mile. please support us. please give us a regular business. >> what is the name of your business? >> [inaudible] >> next speaker please. >> good evening sir. >> good evening. my name is raqesh [inaudible] and the co-owner of a new bar and club called omg on sixth street and between jessie and stevenson on sixth street and we opened a few months ago. we found it challenging although we have a nice space inside and we got a lot of complements from people that check out the space but some of the challenges are
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people are still afraid to come down to sixth street. we have a lot of businesses and hi tech companies that moved into the neighborhood a few blocks from the business, but we notice most of them just get out of work and go into bart or leave the neighborhood. they don't want to stay in the neighborhood. one because around that neighborhood there are no nice restaurants. there are no places where people can hang out and enjoy after work. also we have a couple of theaters around there, and people don't like to stay -- come before the theater show or after the show and come to the bars, so that is one of our biggest challenges on six ethstreet. people are still afraid and we need to do something to address that issue that there's a lot of loitering around outside. there is crime that is still not -- we see crime happening all the time
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outside on the streets, and people urinating right outside our door everyday when we open the business there is trash. people urinating right outside the door so we would really, really love if sfpd provided us the support and the substation there would be a big, big help, and also like tracy mentioned the transparency of the substation so people can see there are officers and that would probably eliminate crime, and also putting a lot of light outside on six ethstreet and when establishments are closed there are no lights and that attracts crime. right outside our business we have it well lit so we don't see much there so we encourage you to
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support small businesses come and open restaurants. thank you. >> thank you very much. sure. >> good evening. my name is sobe and the owner of sonoma market on six eth street and we have aggressive panhandle her and they come talk to you and bad words and everything you name it in the book. we are facing that everyday. another thing they use the street as a bathroom, alley, all over. it's very hard for us to accept daily. i have been there for the last 32 years and we survive, but still we facing a lot of problem with the pan handler. for example there are two ladies on the street
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and between mission and sixth and they grab customers and search them and take the bag and run away. i call the cop. after 45 minutes they show up. this person is mentally sick but you have to do something. you have to take her out of the street. we are taxpayer. we need to survive on our business so we need your help. i hope by the time the substation is to be open i heard the latest the ends of this month and that is good month. i don't know about the chief. i hope that and the alley -- jessie and sixth. it's really bad. we ask the city to do more steam clean the streets. we ask them
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to clean the guys out of the alley. we appreciate everything to keep up in life. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> well, they're talking about the problems on sixth street. i think seriously the problems they're experiencing the solutions aren't in your purview. you can't imprison everybody. chances the people that are hanging around and that stuff they never been given an opportunity, a fair opportunity in life. honesty they have probably been attacked from the cradle to where they are now. lack of schools, lack of job. i mean if anything the city just has a major problem. i tried to get jobs. i couldn't get a job. i don't hang out there like that. i do other things but to me the real question is these
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people, these owners, these merchants do they employ anybody in the neighborhood? they're not talking about it. all right. now i'm going to move on to tazers. the police have been trained. they have been trained for i don't know a year or however long they have been trained, but i'm just wondering why do they need more weapons to subdue somebody? if they can't subdue somebody with all the training they had why do they have to elect cute somebody into submission? the united nations it's it's a torture device. where i came from in chicago the victim ruled a
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homicide they taized him seven times and this is the stuff you all could experience. the problems i had with the police. they come in. they come through. they don't respect black people. every time i have a problem a white person every excuse they can make up to slip it under the table. the last incident i had the officer took the perpetrator -- he put them in the front seat of the car and drove away. they didn't take a statement from nobody. they put them in the front seat and went down the town so this is the type of justice we have. so i'm just -- the tazer thing is not acceptable. you have to think about people are trained -- like samurais they are trained so they can defend against someone with a sword and the cavmar --
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they're trained hand to hand combat to deal with people with guns, et cetera so they don't have to use any type of weapons and we just need more training for the police department. >> thank you sir. next speaker for general public comment. yes, sir. please come forward. >> good evening commissioners. excuse me. my name is tad corcell and own a night club in the area and i certainly wouldn't be -- i don't think i need to reiterate the situation on sixth street and what is going on there given the people that came up to speak. the things that i think are of greater importance and encouraging small businesses and giving them the opportunity to take over store fronts in the
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two block corridor is critical. the more businesses it's an avenue for people to want to come down which i think is very important, and secondly since we have been in there in terms of putting cameras and lights, and additionally with security on the outside trying at least where we are to be productive in trying to assist the sfpd in whatever way we can to try to be good neighbors. i know the gentleman came up and said we do need your help and it's true. a lot more police presence will go a long way down there, but i want to make it clear us as small business owners i will speak for myself -- will work if you however we need to work with you in order to make that happen so getting more businesses in there, more police presence, and we will be there to work with you guys the whole way. thank you. >> thank you. any further
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general public comment? yes, sir. please come forward. >> good evening president, vice president, fellow commissioners, fellow community members and business owners. i am moz [inaudible] and represent my family's business on 32 six ethstreet and i want to echo the concerns that the business owners and community members have asserted. i think -- it's obvious there is a problem. it's obvious businesses can't operate their businesses. it's jeopardizing the value of their businesses. it's hindering the way that they do business. mainly because of the safety concerns. like we're not here to point any fingers or tell you guys who to arrest or anything like that. we just want that increased presence of police or whatever kind of security or law enforcement there because i believe when there is official
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law enforcement there -- i can't think of a euphemism for this but the bums and crack heads won't be at our doors. we won't get threatened and harassed. there have been life-threatening comments. there have been fights right inside of the store. just mainly that safety concern that is getting in the way of doing our business and we have been there -- this march marks three years of our anniversary of doing business there. i want to give sfpd credit. we have seen a substantial improvement. we appreciate them coming down there a few times but we kind of want to see a consistent presence and maybe build some relationship with the businesses, like something on a first name business. it would be nice to have a police officer or whoever come down, introduce themselves, and let us know that they're there at least, and
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just so we can have that feeling that -- that comforting feeling because for businesses and people that come to the area it's not comforting taw. we had a customer last night staying at a hotel one block away and he was asking me if he was going to get shot or killed and that's not the only time. it's many times i had customers walking out with the box in their handshaking. it's not like something that we want to kind of -- that's encouraging taw. it's not encouraging and i just don't get why it's sixth street and like it's cursed with thugs. i just don't get it and if you could meet us halfway and i
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appreciate urban solutions to bring the concern between small business owners and everyone else and hopefully we can meet you halfway. >> thank you very much. any further general public comment? hearing none general public comment is closed. chief, when are we going to open the substation? >> the substation will be activated by the end of the month. i was talking to the mayor this afternoon. >> what are the hours and staffing? >> it won't have staffing. it's part of southern station which is the biggest station and the area and 60% of what they were because of the staffing. when we get the full staffing all of the foot beats will be increased and market street will be doubled and work exclusively out of that substation. >> do we have a foot beat in
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this area? now it's blighted and hearing from the people with new businesses. can we meet them halfway? >> the century differences. >> >> it's a 24/7 place so most commercial areas have pedestrian traffic during the day time hours, maybe as late as 10, 11:00 o'clock. sixth street goes 24 hours a day and people are out and change of walks like we do so again it's challenging with the staff shortage. there are as many officers working the area -- in fact the command staff and myself have worked the area several times as chief and we went in and said hello. it's not lost on me. captain redmond knows it's a priority. >> thank you commissioners. anything else on this issue? i
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want to thank you for coming from sixth street. it's unexpected and hearing what is happening is great and we appreciate it and here on the commission and we will do our best to meet you halfway and we appreciate it. thank you. commissioner. >> yeah. i just wanted to ask you a quick question and i don't want to put you on the spot but looks like it lacks a little curb appeal. >> would you like we to put a decorator's touch -- we will work with awr ban solutions. i know i was asked about the esthetics today. i'm not person but i know people. i know people who know people. >> okay. thank you chief.
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>> commissioner turman. >> the commissioner just covered what i wanted to say, but i do want to say i join the chief and this commission. we are committed to the revitalization of the area. it's important to san franciscans. it's important to the city. it's also important to encourage small businesses. i am looking down this list, and there are places that i have been in recently including a holiday function i went to at the monarch bar so i understand where you're coming from and i have walked the streets and we want the area improved in an effective and respectful way of the folks in the community so we hear what you're saying and we're going to do everything we can to give the resources that we can to this. you have to hundred right now we're stretched department when
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it comes to resources but we're committed and we will find a way to be more effective. >> thank you. commissioner king king. >> i just wanted to add my thanks and appreciation to all of you that appeared before us this evening. i think it was a well planned and organized -- at least that's the way it appeared -- appearance on your behalf and to hear your individual stories certainly made an impact on all of us, and just want to thank you again, and also add my support as a commissioner to your efforts in trying to get you the type of support you need from law enforcement. thank you . >> all right. without anything further on this issue we go to line item 3a, the chief's reports. >> line item 3a reports and announcements. chief's report,
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discussion. review of recent activities, presentation of the annual report regarding the department's work with the jttf and presentation on crime statistics reporting slash cjcj report. >> thank you very much. >> good evening commissioners, public. before we get into the two presentations director givein goes into the presentation i passed out last meeting how we addressed our statistics and are now accurate to the one hundreds of a percent regarding to the five ethnicities -- i mean the five races and the 19 ethnicities. very quickly we did suffer two homicides over the weekend. one was in the northern district where the vehicle crashed at fill more and japantown. the victim was transported and unfortunately passed a way.
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anyone with information please call our anonymous tip line. we protect everybody's identity. the second homicide was in the excelsior district. it was a double shooting and one of the victims passed away due to the injuries. our officers in the task force major crimes worked that up and had a weapon and person in custody by the next day. the officers do a spectacular job in solving the crimes and we can't do it without the community so we ask for that help. we had a football game this weekend. we will be playing in the super bowl. we had a robust celebration in some
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neighborhoods and was in the mission district and made nine drunk arrests. one person did commit an aggravated assault on someone but compared to celebrations in other cities after championship games it was a success and good plan. again i applaud the officers and the fans that showed the same class that our team showed on the field and everyone put it out far and wide and we expect everyone to be just as classy when we win next sunday and thank the 49ers which helped us as well and from dpw in picking up the garbage so if anyone wanted to burn anything. mta was doing a great job with
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facilitating the signals and cleaning the streets and the fire department on the stand by if we needed them and thankfully we didn't. we are gearing up for chinese new years. there will be a press conference kicking it off. all the commissioners are invited. director hicks as well at gateway to chinatown at grant and bush. we will be announcing a campaign to further impact the asian scams perpetrated around our seniors in the neighborhood, and i think we have a good thought to that. there will be a second press conference in the richmond district january 31 at 11:00 o'clock at 601 clemon street at the kung fu academy. you not need to know kung fu to attend the press conference want with regard to statistics.
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violent crime -- although it sounds lame in having two homicides last week and this is a jump off even though we had a tough new years day and one of the commissioners asked where we were relative to aggregate numbers in the police department. i asked to get the calls per service. the police department handled approximately 1.3 calls for service last year. that doesn't reconcile exactly with the 1.1 million that we got out of our data warehouse but we will figure out where the difference is come but it's between that range for calls of service that the department handled over the last six or seven years. arrests in the city. we made approximately 25,000 rawfts in the city and that does not involve any traffic citations. again that is down from highs in the
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mid-30's from 2005 to 2009. again all part of the restorative justice model where we have alternatives to incarceration now that basically reduced the arrests by whatever it is, 25%, so we will go to that, and then i will let the presenters speak to the rest of our statistical information and mander lowtus will start with the jttf compliance with the new ordinance. i'm sorry he's been the deputy chief for a week. >> i wasn't even coming up. >> good evening chief. i didn't
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know if you were demoted or not. >> good evening president mazzucco and commissioners and i'm going to hit on points, staffing, our governing policies, the over sight, our compliance, and the mou. at the beginning of 2012 we had officers assigned to the task force. in june 1 inspector was retired and wasn't replaced leaving us with two full time inspectors assigned. members of the san francisco police department assigned to the jttf
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are to require with the requirements of the order and administrative code section two 8. 74. these policies are explicit and unequivocal. san francisco members and jttf supervisors are aware and familiar with these policies. with respect to oversight members of the san francisco police department assigned to the jttf work on a team managed by a special agent of the fbi. however they remain within the chain of command of the sfpd. the investigators report directly to the officer in charge of the special investigation division, lieutenant theresa gracie, and case review is conducted quarterly by a command level officer with the proper
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security clearance. the first quarterly review was in 2012 and the second was just two weeks ago. compliance. in 2012 sfpd members assigned to the jttf were in full compliance with the general order and operation's bureau order 2011 one-07 and with respect to the mou there were no issues relating to the mou in 2012. that concludes my annual report. do you have any questions? >> thank you chief. commissioners, any questions for the chief regarding the report? commissioner. >> yeah, i would just say we got positive feedback last night at the tazer meeting about the bureau order that the chief issued vis-a-vis making it clear that san francisco officers
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fall under the chain of the command of the chief and a reflection of san francisco values and i know you talked about the general and the bureau order but for people listening if you could explain a little bit what that means in terms their working with the fbi but following sfpd rules. >> the bureau order is as the chief said explicit. all san francisco police officers are held to the policy and procedures -- san francisco police department policies and procedures and the policies and laws of san francisco, whichever is more strict so depending on wherever they are their fall back if you will is whatever the policy procedures laws, ordinance ps et al of san francisco. >> maybe i could specifically
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explain when we had the hearings about this one of the key issues there was concern that the officers were involved in activities where there wasn't a reasonable suspicion or cause to conduct surveillance and work with the fbi or concern that our officers would go into secret places where people were worshiping or do surveillance without the proper legal predicate of probable cause or reasonable suspicion and it's clear whether the fbi does that -- assessments which we have heard before but our officers will not participate in an investigation unless there a predicate offense and part of the penal code or u.s., code and they're not involved in random assessments of people. their role is with the ongoing investigation and i wanted to make that clear to the

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